Dozens of items from Evander Holyfield’s boxing career, including the gloves he was wearing in the famous “Bite Fight” with Mike Tyson and his 1984 Olympic bronze medal, will go on the auction block November 30.
Julien’s Auctions will sell the five-time heavyweight champion’s memorabilia, household items, vehicles, jewelry and personal property after Holyfield’s Georgia home went into foreclosure.
The collection features an assortment of memorabilia from every stage of his career — from his teenage years to a fight that took place last year. This is the first time such items from Evander Holyfield’s personal collection have been offered publicly for auction.
Featured items also include over 20 pairs of fight worn gloves including the gloves worn in the June 1997 rematch with Tyson.
An array of WBC, WBA and IBF Championship belts will be offered in the sale including Holyfield’s first ever professional title belt for his 1986 WBA Cruiserweight title. More than 25 framed fight-worn robes and trunks are included including those worn by Holyfield for his 1996 upset of a then-heavily favored Tyson.
The New York Daily News reported that the 49-year-old Holyfield moved out of his 109-room home in Fairburn, Georgia, this month after it was sold for $7.5 million in a March foreclosure auction. The newspaper reported that he owed more than $14 million on the house, and Yahoo reported that despite earning around $250 million during his career, he is more than $372,000 behind in child support payments.
Some of the key artifacts of the Holyfield Collection are his numerous championship rings including individual rings commemorating his unification as Undisputed Heavyweight Champion, Two-Time Heavyweight Champion, Three-Time Heavyweight Champion and Four-Time Heavyweight Champion. Also included will be several championship trophies including his 1992 WBA Boxer of the Year award, numerous autographed items including training-worn boxing shoes, trunks, robes and shirts, promotional poster and photos from fights throughout his career.
The auction will also feature items from Holyfield’s life outside of the ring including furniture and decorative items from his residence and clothing from his custom made wardrobe. Fine women’s and men’s diamond jewelry, and watches from Rolex, Cartier and Patek Phillippe. One of the feature vehicle attractions will be Holyfield’s 1962 Chevrolet Corvette. The red painted speedster was manufactured the same year that Holyfield was born and was one of the first significant purchases of his professional career.
Julien’s will produce a full-color catalog for the auction ($75). Holyfield will sign copies which will be sold for $250 each, according to the auction company.